A Fairfield woman has been honored as the 2015 recipient of the "Lifelong Dedicated Worker" Award from the Calvin Synod Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Barbara Poruban was recognized for "exceptional perseverance and dedication with her gifts and talents in her service to the church" in the award from the synod’s 17 congregations.

Poruban was presented with the award by James Ballas, synod presbyter, at a service at the United Church of Christ in Bridgeport, where she has been a lifelong member.

She has held many church offices over the years, and she has been or is currently the president or chairwoman of the Women's Guild, Ladies Aid, Membership and Evangelism Committee, Church and Ministry Committee and the Bessemer Seniors.

Poruban also chaired the church's annual craft fairs, flea markets and tag sales, which have benefited the church restoration fund and the greater Bridgeport community. She also is a member of the choir, the coordinator of the lay liturgists and greeters and the hall rental manager.

Known as the "First Lady" of the church, she has been married 57 years to Joseph Poruban, who has served as the chief elder of the church for 41 years.